Tomorrow, our editorial assistant Jessie is hitting the road and heading to Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Atlanta at the Gwinnett Center! Jessie will be in Make-It Center Thursday through Saturday. Here’s Jessie in Fort Worth, TX last year with one of our visitors to the Make-It Center. As you might be able to tell by the photo below, Jessie is a ton of fun to sew and hang out with!
At the Expo in Atlanta, you can come and stitch up a mini version of one of our favorite projects from Sew it All, Season 7. In Episode 704, “Box Bag,” Stacy Schlyer of the blog Stacy Sews shows how to make an adorable zippered bag with a clever handle that lets you hang up the bag on any hook or doorknob. (Find the FREE tutorial here!) It’s such a quick and fun project that also makes a wonderful gift. Depending on the fabric you use and the recipient, it makes a great travel make-up bag, shaving kit, pencil bag or portable bag for your sewing supplies (my favorite use!). It also takes less than a yard of fabric, so it’s a great stash-buster too!
Today Jessie got some teaching practice by showing me how to make the mini version of the bag that we’ll be sewing in the Make-It Center. It’s fun and easy and sews up quickly. Here’s my finished masterpiece in very elegant and sophisticated doughnut-print fabric! It’s also great for travel because you can just hang it up in the hotel bathroom and save counter space. So handy! If you’re not in the Atlanta area to visit Jessie this week, Original Sewing & Quilt Expo makes a ton of stops all over the country throughout the year. You can find the full schedule and a list of locations here. If you’re in the Chicago area, I’ll be in the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo Make-It Center in Schaumburg, Illinois from March 27-29. We are so excited to meet you!